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TechPassport announces the onboarding of Tim Richards, CEO at Hoptroff, to their supplier advisory board


TechPassport strengthens its supplier advisory board with his experience of more than 25 years’ international board level experience at blue-chip media organisations.

It can be very tedious onboarding a new startup if you work at a bank. It can also be very frustrating as a startup founder to find that your project doesn’t pass a banks’ internal tests. A solution needed to be found, and Layla White, a former procurement manager at HSBC, has done just that.

This year Layla and her team have been spreading the word about their new match-making platform at events including Money 20/20 Europe, FinTech Week London and FinTech New York. Their popularity has been increasing.

Supported by several global Tier 1 banks, the amount of FinTech products that are now listed on the site is in excess of a thousand. The startups are attracted to the risk-free option which allows them to onboard for free. Tech passport also offers them an educational piece where they learn what else they need in order to become enterprise ready and better secure the deals they so desperately need. In the meantime, more and more stakeholders amongst the FinTech community are learning about the platform and turning to TechPassport for help.

A leading figure amongst the FinTech community, especially in the innovation space, is Tim Richards. Tim has recently joined TechPassport in the role of Supplier Board Advisor.

Layla White, Founder and CEO of TechPassport shared:

“At TechPassport we are building a real solution to a real problem and the only way we can ensure that we are fulfilling this is by building a trusted board of industry advisors. Tim has been influential to us for some time, so to bring him on officially was the natural next step. He will join us, alongside other industry veterans that will soon be announced, watch this space!”

Tim Richards added:

“I’m thrilled to be working closely with Layla and the TechPassport team on this great initiative. Bringing FinTech innovators and financial services businesses closer together and creating an environment for stronger working relationships is an issue close to my heart.”

Tim went on to explain that he has tried and tested the platform and was in touch with a Tier 1 bank based in New York only weeks after joining the platform, adding that the process had been “seamless and frictionless”.

About TechPassport

Founded in 2019 TechPassport was created to help lower the barrier of entry for FinTechs who are looking to work with banks from across the world. The platform aims to do some of the heavy lifting for startups that want to work with banks. The angel-backed team helps startups get their compliance documents and legal paperwork in order before they engage with banks, to make the onboarding process faster.

The TechPassport team actively scouts for startups to include on the platform and groups them according to their specialism – payments processing, security, etc. Banks can use the platform to find suppliers. Knowing that those who are listed won’t be starting from scratch when it comes to procurement requirements.

TechPassport connects banks and FinTechs without the friction, making the process smoother, faster and cheaper. From sourcing a supplier, through to NDA’s and PoC’s, our Saas based platform uses intelligent workflows when onboarding FinTechs, enabling your people to reclaim time for higher value activities.

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